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Oct. 4, 2011 at 5:00 PM
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LaRussa fined for comments knocking umpire

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball has fined St. Louis Manager Tony La Russa an undisclosed amount for grousing about the strike zone after Game 2 of the NL division series.

After the Cardinals beat Philadelphia 5-4 to even the series at 1-1, La Russa said during television broadcast that home plate umpire Jerry Meals had "two different strike zones."

On Tuesday, La Russa said he had let his emotions get the best of him and had no beef with being fined.

"I'm embarrassed that I crossed the line," La Russa said. "I know what the line is. I got upset and I crossed the line. If I get a chance, I will apologize to Jerry. Like I said, I've never had any problems with him. He's a pro. He has my utmost respect. We were competing, and I got upset and crossed the line."

Astros' Schafer in marijuana arrest

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Houston Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer has been arrested in Florida and charged with one count of felony possession of marijuana, authorities said.

Schafer, 25, was arrested in Tampa early Tuesday after police pulled over his 2008 Land Rover for an expired license plate and noticed a "strong odor of marijuana" coming from the vehicle, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Police said they found a clear plastic bag with a leafy substance that tested positive as marijuana.

The 25.9 grams found exceed the 20-gram cutoff for felony charges rather than misdemeanor charges, they said.

After being booked, Schafer was released on $2,000 bond.

The Astros have declined to comment on the arrest.

Ex-player says UF's Easley attacked him

TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Former University of Alabama football player Reggie Myles told police he was assaulted by Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley in Florida Saturday night.

In a complaint filed with the University of Florida Police Department, Myles alleged he was tackled from behind outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium shortly after the Crimson Tide's 38-10 win over Florida, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News reported.

UFPD Sgt. Steve Wilder said the complaint is being investigated but police had not yet confirmed Easley was the person who attacked Myles.

"I'm trying to identify a suspect, who it was that actually hit him and injured him. I'll go from there," Wilder said.

Myles said he learned who his attacker was from Easley's parents at the scene. He said his attacker had dropped a cellphone and Easley's parents asked him to return it.

Myles also was charged with public intoxication and criminal mischief.

"The charges against him were entirely based on his disorderly behavior following (the attack), and I understand he was extremely agitated," Wilder said. "He'd just been hit from behind by an unknown assailant, and was scraped up pretty good. I understand him being upset. Unfortunately, we couldn't get him to calm down."

Myles's left elbow was bleeding and he walked with a limp and complained of hip pain, the News said.

Blackhawks' Bowman gets contract extension

CHICAGO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman has been given a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Chicago through the 2015-16 season.

The NHL club didn't reveal how much it will pay Bowman, who is entering his 11th season with the Blackhawks and third as head of hockey operations.

"I am very proud of the direction that Stan has taken our hockey operations group in from the moment he took over the role," Blackhawks Chief Executive Officer John McDonough said in a statement. "Stan's leadership and collaboration with the entire hockey operations group has developed a strong foundation and gives us the continuity we need as we strive for consistent excellence."

After ending their 49-year Stanley Cup drought with a championship in 2010, the Blackhawks barely made the playoffs last spring, then fell to eventual conference champion Vancouver in seven games.

The Blackhawks have gone 99-51-17 during the regular season and 19-10 in the post-season under Bowman.

The 38-year-old Bowman is the youngest general manager in the NHL.

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